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During the fall and spring terms the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department offers a 1 credit seminar, ME 507/ME 607. Speakers from industry and other universities speak on various topics that relate to mechanical engineering. Students must take one term of seminar during their course of study--but are encouraged to attend the weekly seminars every term they are offered, even if they are not registered for credit. All seminars will be held in EB 510 unless otherwise noted. 

Students in ME 507/607 are expected to attend a minimum of 7 of the 9 seminars. Student attendance is monitored via a sign-in sheet. If you need to make up a seminar attendance you may do so by attending another university-sponsored, technically-focused seminar such as those offered in the Sciences, other Engineering Departments, or Architecture. Verification of attendance is demonstrated by submitting a 1 page summary of the presenter’s key points within 1 week after the seminar.

Seminar Date Speaker Name & Affiliation Title of Presentation

October 2

Alexa Van Eaton, US Geological Survey

Volcanic plume dynamics and electrical activity during the April 2015 eruption of Calbuco Volcano, Chile - Implications for monitoring ash hazards

October 9

Don Pettit, NASA

Held in Room PNT 102 (University Pointe Building)  

Techno - Stories from Space

October 16

Sourabh Apte, Oregon State University

Particle-Bed Turbulence Interactions in an Oscillatory Wall Bounded Flow

October 23

Trevor Snyder, Mechanical Engineer & Principal Scientist

3D Systems Technology Overview, Multijet Printing Par Quality and Additive Manufacturing Machines

October 30 Marc Calaf, University of Utah A Large Eddy Simulation study of a wind farm throughout a realistic (CASES-99) diurnal cycle


November 6

Stephen Solovitz, Washington State University - Vancouver

Synthetic jet actuators for impingement cooling

November 13

Babak Attari, MSME Student at PSU

Spontaneous Drop Jump Research using a Drop Tower

November 20

Hank Crawford, Daimler Trucks, North America

Thermoplastic Composite Materials and Processing Methods for High Volume Applications

November 27

PSU CLOSED:  In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

PSU CLOSED:  No seminar

December 4

Luciano Castillo, Texas Tech University

The Duality of the Accelerating Thermal Turbulent Flow